In 2017, the Carrefour Foundation supported Les Petites Cantines for the opening of two canteens in Lyon. A canteen is usually located in the centre of a district, with an equipped kitchen. Neighbourhood residents can come together for a balanced meal and create social cohesion, regardless of differences in age, background, culture or language. Small canteens accommodate vulnerable people for whom individual monitoring and support are provided. The prepared meals come from local producers, short circuit, bulk products and unsold food collections. The vast majority of products are from organic farming. Each meal costs nine euros but participation is free, which allows small canteens to adapt to different audiences and each inhabitant to participate to the extent of their means.
In 2018, the Carrefour Foundation supported the opening of four new small canteens in Annecy, Strasbourg, Dijon and Lyon
In the long term, the association plans to open tweety-five canteens throughout France over the next five years.